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Datsun Go+: A Maruti Ertiga competitor for around Rs 5 lakh

May 28, 2014 11:21 IST

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When it comes to purchasing a car for a large Indian family, MPVs are one of the top choices.

These cars usually come at a price ranging in between Rs 8-12 lakh, however, the trend is changing now.

The change is the upsurge of budget cars in every segment, thanks to the sluggish economy and tight noose competition. MPVs are not immune to this drastic transformation either.

We now have plenty of choices including Maruti Ertiga, Chevrolet Enjoy, newly-launched Toyota Etios, and many others which range from Rs 6-8 lakh.

After meeting success with the small car Datsun Go, the company is an economical family MPV Datsun GO+. Let’s explore it.

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Datsun GO+ is based on the GO hatchback which was launched recently in Indian and other developing markets. GO+ is a compact multi-purpose-vehicle with contemporary design elements which give the exteriors an eye-candy look.

The front fascia is no different from sibling hatchback where it gets sharp and sleek headlamp cluster that incorporates features like follow-me-home lamps.

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The centre is occupied by pierced radiator grille framework surrounded by thick chrome lining and company’s signature badge at the centre.

The vehicle features body coloured front bumper that houses large airdam adding sporty character to the front look.

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The side profile seems lengthy but it is under 4-meter genre, so it gets an added advantage of excise duty relaxation.

The bulges on the doors and flared wheel arches which are fitted with conventional steel wheels gives it a stunning presence.

Moreover, the door handles are body coloured while the outside-rear-view-mirrors are kept black for unique look.

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Rear profile is equally stylish with combination taillights, body colored bumpers and chrome plated model logo.

Datsun GO+ comes in several graceful color options, namely, White, Silver, Bronze, Black and Grey. Overall the exterior is impressive and speaks of Japanese design.

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Interior of the car is smartly designed keeping both budget and comfort in mind. The entire dashboard is a straight pick from the Datsun GO hatch.

The cabin is painted in dual color scheme to enhance the look while the seats are pretty wide and covered with quality fabric upholstery.

The steering wheel design is elementary and lack audio and other controls but is electronically powered.

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The vehicle is pretty much ideal for families and individuals as it gets features like AC, 1-Din stereo system with USB and Aux-in (optional) and a mobile docking station for ease of access to phone controls and your favorite track.

Despite under 4-meter category, the car is surprisingly roomier from inside. The front row has plenty of space and can easily occupy two passengers as the gear knob has been integrated into the dashboard and seats are bench like.

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Second row is equally comfortable while the third row is suitable only for children. Other features include sun-visors, front spinal seat support, digital tachometer, 12 V power socket, follow me headlamps, intelligent wiper system and front power windows.

Safety features in the car include seat-belts for all three rows, side impact beams, engine immobilizer, key-less entry with alarm, dual horn, central locking, etc.

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Like the sibling GO, there will be several variants available when Datsun GO+ will be officially launched in the Indian market.

The car employs a 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 67bhp and 104Nm of peak torque mated to 5-speed manual transmission system.

The MPV has been launched in the Indonesian market with D, A, T and T optional variants and is heading towards the Indian shores.

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As per the pricing, Datsun GO+ is expected to be launched at a starting price of Rs 450,000 in the Indian market and the top end variant could come at a price of Rs 550,000.

Datsun GO+ will be pitted against Maruti Ertiga, Chevrolet Enjoy and could possibly ruin its own sibling Nissan Evalia with its aggressive price tag.

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It seems that Nissan’s Datsun brand has pretty much understood the Indian mindset. Recently, they launched GO hatchback keeping the price and mileage quotient in mind.

Looking at the sales figure of March 2014 (2068 units) and April 2014 (2690 units), Datsun GO has done a pretty decent job.

But since Datsun is a new brand in the Indian subcontinent, the upcoming MPV has to bear the brunt of proficient players in the market. Hope the car could stand against the test of times.

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